Sunday, December 8, 2013

For some Perspective: The Moon Compared to the United States

For the most part, our moon is nothing particularly special. It isn"t home to a series of active volcanoes, a thick atmosphere chalked full of nitrogen (with oceans of liquid hydrocarbons) or cryovolcano plumes, which other moons in our solar system are known to contain. But regardless, it is very special to us. Not only is our planet the only one capable of experiencing a total solar eclipse, the moon also helps regulate the tides here on Earth, as well as helps to stabilize our planet"s tilt. Both of those are important, but most importantly is the moon"s relative size to Earth, as the moon is just about a quarter of Earth"s diameter with about 1/81th of its mass, with most moons being much, much smaller.

To learn more interesting facts about the moon, see:

Image source:
boredboarder8 or reddit

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